Carroll County Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

October 10, 2003

Route 140 work years down road, planner tells commissioners

State Highway Administration officials have narrowed to four their list of possible plans for Route 140 in Westminster, but may still be many years from construction, the Carroll County commissioners learned yesterday during a presentation from their planning director.

The state projects that traffic will increase between 30 percent and 60 percent over the next 20 years and the road's existing intersections can't handle that volume, said Steven Horn, county planning director. For years, the state planned to alleviate the problem by building a bypass around Westminster, but that option was shelved two years ago.

Instead, the state is considering three solutions, that range from adding turn lanes in some areas to building an elaborate network of elevated intersections through the heart of Westminster. A fourth option would be to make no change.

State officials say they would like to pick an option by 2005. Design and construction should take about five years once money for the project is in place, Horn said, though he added that road funding traditionally has been hard to get for Carroll County.

$900,000 improvement loan for Lineboro fire hall OK'd

The Carroll County commissioners unanimously approved yesterday a $900,000 loan to Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department for an addition and improvements to its firehouse.

The fire company asked for the money for a 6,340-square-foot addition to the firehouse on Main Street and for renovation of the existing building, said Eugene C. Curfman, county comptroller. By the end of the year, the fire company expects to have about $250,000 in its building fund toward the $1.1 million total cost, he said.

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